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CMH expects higher H1 earnings a share

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 JSE-listed Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) expects to report a 5% to 15% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to between 122.4c and 134.1c for the six months ended August 31. HEPS were 116.6c for the six months to August 31, 2016. 

3D-printed metal component passes auto giant’s quality tests

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Daddy, you don’t know anything about car shopping

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

Korean group may introduce new heavy-duty truck to SA market

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

     21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design
Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

By: Irma Venter     20th September 2017 The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, will assist in financing BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) R6-billion investment in its Rosslyn plant, set to produce the new BMW X3. The $150 million loan comes as South Africa “seeks new sources of economic growth after... 

IFC provides $150m loan to assist BMW SA’s production plans

2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the finalists in the 2018 WesBank Car of the Year competition. The announcement follows a voting process by a 30-member jury from the SAGMJ. The finalists are the Alfa Romeo Giulia; Audi Q5; BMW 5 Series; Kia Picanto; Land... 

 2018 Car of the Year finalists range from small to big, budget to luxury
The Volvo S90

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging 

By: Irma Venter     19th September 2017 The trucks division of German mobility group Daimler has invested in Israeli firm StoreDot, in an effort to accelerate the adoption of FlashBattery technology in the electric vehicle (EV) market. StoreDot, a Tel Aviv-based company founded in 2012, is a nanotechnology materials firm focused on the... 

Daimler teams up with firm that promises five-minute EV charging
Charging the Fuso electric Canter truck

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

Attractive sales incentives which support new vehicle demand

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

IDC confident BAIC’s Coega plant will begin production in mid-2018

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

Locally built vehicles gaining ground, says financier

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Tyre management solution now available to SA fleet market

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 TrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Durban needs more than 1 000 buses of all sizes for GO! network

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

By: Irma Venter     13th September 2017 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SA) in August broke through the magical 1 000-unit-a-month sales mark, making it the single biggest sales month for the brand since it was formally established in South Africa in 2008. Suzuki sold 1 004 units in August, compared with 504 units in the same month last... 

Suzuki Auto SA sales jump 37% in stagnant market

Second international car shipping company faces prosecution by tribunal 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2017 Norwegian car shipping company Hoegh Autoliners has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution on seven charges relating to alleged collusive tendering, price fixing and market division.   The charges stem from a probe into alleged widespread anticompetitive conduct in the market... 

Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

 Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners
The Urban EV Concept

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 The Netherlands is test-driving a pavement traffic light system for obsessive smartphone users. The system, called +Lichtlijn, is designed to aid mobile phone users to cross the road safely. 

The Netherlands trials pavement traffic light system for smartphone users

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2017 The teenage daughter of Nissan Motor Corporation chief digital officer Madhu Nutakki last year shopped for a car, as California legislation allowed her to drive herself to school and back from the age of 15-and-a-half. Nutakki is based in Silicon Valley. 

Two years to convert post-Millennials to car ownership, warns Nissan

Leaf production under way at Oppama 'fairly small', but expected to grow

By: Tracy Hancock     11th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan intends to initially produce about 140 Leaf 2 electric vehicles (EVs) a day from its Oppama mixed-model vehicle manufacturing plant in Yokohama, Japan, the company said on Thursday. Leaf production has just started at the plant, so it is currently "fairly small", but... 

Leaf production under way at Oppama 'fairly small', but expected to grow

Jaguar Land Rover South Africa plots launch of full electric sports utility vehicle

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Jaguar Land Rover South Africa (JLR SA) will launch the full electric I-Pace sports-utility vehicle in the local market towards the end of 2018 or the start of 2019, says Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa MD Richard Gouverneur. “We are now entering the journey toward electric... 

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

Toyota expects SA vehicle market to show modest growth in 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 The 2017 new-vehicle market will probably end the year “slightly up” on 2016, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) CEO Andrew Kirby. TSAM’s forecast is for a market of 552 000 vehicles in 2017, compared with 547 000 units in 2016. At 555 000 units, 2018 does not hold much promise, either. 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 Energy giant Shell is exploring the possibility of adding electric vehicle charging points to its forecourts in a number of countries. The Shell brand is traditionally associated with fuel, engine oils and lubricants and service stations in South Africa. 

Shell rolls out electric car charging points in UK, aims to test SA market

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Private sector makes first move to build electric vehicle infrastructure in SA

Thyssenkrupp sees boost for steel from shift to electric cars

By: Reuters     7th September 2017 Thyssenkrupp's European steel business, expected to be merged soon with its counterpart at Tata Steel, will get a boost from the auto industry's shift towards electric vehicles, a senior executive at the group said. Investors and analysts are closely watching any hints from Thyssenkrupp over the... 

Leaf EV real alternative to conventional car – Nissan

By: Tracy Hancock     6th September 2017 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan will start selling the new Nissan Leaf 2 electric vehicle (EV) in Japan on October 2 at the same price point as the original Leaf while offering a 40% increase in range and an improved driving experience.  At this point Nissan is looking to introduce the Leaf 2 to the... 

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 Locally built vehicles have been gaining ground in the South African new-vehicle market in recent years, says asset finance group WesBank. In fact, nine of the ten top-selling vehicles in the first seven months of the year are South African-built cars and bakkies.  

Local is lekker as SA-built vehicles excel in marketplace
WesBank brand and communications head Rudolf Mahoney

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 It has been a year since Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) broke ground on a new vehicle assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth. BAIC is the major shareholder in the... 

BAIC Eastern Cape plant on track, says IDC

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%
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